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Ray D'Argenio

 

QUESTION – Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Q & A session. Before we start in detail. Would you like to share with everyone, who you are, what you do for a living, where you live and how long trading either stocks, cryptocurrency or both?

RAY D – Hey, I’m Ray D, 27 years old, father of a great 4 year old son and loving boyfriend. I’m a professional poker player who resides in Florida. Still relatively green when it comes to stocks and cryptocurrency, being involved trading both of them for the past two years

QUESTION – You are a professional poker player who has won serious money in tournaments and cash games, congrats as that sounds interesting. Do you find the discipline of playing professional poker helps with your trading and why?

RAY D- Yes you find much overlap between people who play poker, trade stocks and crypto. Playing poker has absolutely helped with trading in so many ways. Playing over millions of hands of poker, I’m trained to look at situations based on its expected value. Trading is no different

QUESTION – Besides trading stocks, you are an avid crypto trader. What Cryptocurrency Altcoins are you in and why?

RAY D- At the moment just one, Vechain (VET). They are one of the coins that are really focused on real world adoption. I feel like there are a lot of crypto projects with grand ideas, but thats all they are at the moment. VET seem to be able to acquire good partnerships and are lead by what I believe to be good team. Still early in the space so we’ll see where things go from here. Only coin I came across through my research that I thought was worth investing in. Had to stop looking into all these alt coins because it was eating too much into my time honestly.

QUESTION – What failure or setback in life, poker or trading have you experienced that has set you up for latter success?

RAY D– I don’t really have a specific setback in mind, but I think not succeeding at the rate that I wanted or envisioned toughed me up mentally (referring to poker). Playing poker or trading your gunna take A LOT of losses. Just learning to trust my preparation and not having a wavering mindset, as to where I’m king of the hill one day or a bum the next, helped me immensely. Now I dont experience a wide range of emotions which enables me to focus with greater intensity. Just show up, do your work, and on to the next session or next trade.

QUESTION – Outside of trading & poker, what strange or unusual habit do you have and enjoy?

RAY D– I don’t know if this is strange (whats strange anyways?) but I think anything that has to do with trying to optimizing myself on all front (mentally, physically, spiritually). Eating well, working out, reading, meditating, family time. Now thats not to say I’m perfect at any of these things cause I fall short plenty. Just striving to be more consistent

QUESTION– We understand you are also a big Fantasy Football player for money. Do you wish to explain?

RAY D – Another one of those things you get a lot of crossover from poker and believe it or not trading. Yeah watching football has never been the same since the introduction of dfs (daily fantasy sports) for me lol. Its hard to watch football now if I dont got some action on it lmao (is that degenerate?) I dont play for serious money, just trying to bink a tourney here and there. The rabbit hole you can go down trying to optimize a line up is mind boggling. I give the successful dfs player a lot of respect. I’m trying to work my way into becoming profitable.

 

QUESTION – Outside of poker, DFS and trading, how do you enjoy spending your time?

RAY D – Other than what I mentioned before, just relaxing. You know we spend a lot of time working that we need to re balance ourselves, I believe, to avoid burnout. I enjoy video games, a good movie or show.

QUESTION – What advice would you give your younger self ?

RAY D – I dont know if I would give myself any advice honestly. I dont think there is any little nugget of wisdom that could have been dropped on me to make everything clear. Just years of grinding through life you learn and all my life experiences have lead me to where I am now and where I am now I’m happy. Im just walking my path

QUESTION – What good & bad advice do you hear often in stocks or crypto trading, and also life in general?

RAY D – You hear a lot in trading, do your own research or due diligence, Yes true as it allows you to learn to become self reliant. That goes for life as well. Its hard to put into words but to become a master at anything, your going have to find it from within. It doesn’t exist outside of you. People always look to others for the next hottest stock pick or alt coin etc etc. We all have everything we need inside us, no need to look externally

QUESTION – What are your favorite books to read and why?

RAY D – So many good psychology, philosophy, and Zen books. I think anything that is practical that I can implement.

QUESTION – When you have lost your mojo or focus (both at work and life), what do you do to get back on track?

RAY D – Nothing. The best action is no action. If I have perceived myself to be unfocused, I just step back untill I feel motivated again. I use to have this problem where I’d try and fight, force myself through it. I’ve learn to have a softer, more malleable mind.

QUESTION – If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.

RAY D – I would just leave it blank. There is no one word or saying that is going to change someones life in my opinion. They need to look inward and not to a billboard lol

QUESTION – Anything else you like for our readers to know about you? How can our readers follow you on social media?

RAY D – Nothing really else to say and not much to follow on social media. Have a Twitter account but dont post as much as I used too. If for whatever reason people want to reach out feel free @AllxDayxRayx on twitter

Thanks for taking the time to let our readers get to know you a little bit better. You seem very humble for someone your age. Wishing you only the best on your journey in trading, poker and life.

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